Cocker, Joe - A Whiter Shade Of Pale Lyrics

We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
but the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale
She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well've been closed
She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'
though in truth we were at sea
so I took her by the looking glass
and forced her to agree
saying, 'You must be the mermaid
who took Neptune for a ride.'
But she smiled at me so sadly
that my anger straightway died
If music be the food of love
then laughter is its queen
and likewise if behind is in front
then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
and attacked the ocean bed

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Cocker, Joe A Whiter Shade Of Pale Comments
  1. Edimilson Barbosa

    Quem mais em 2020 assistindo?

  2. Jennifer Delay

    Lost a hell of an art ist

  3. teofico prieto

    powerful voice ..

  4. Betty Manzi

    Love me some Joe.

  5. Sammy Crespi

    Nooo...1548 say 'dont like??? go to music school and soul courses please....

  6. Gary Knoke

    This is my era----I was in college when Procol Harum put out this classic---but I gotta say Joe's version is better. And that is the case with song after song he covered. Wow!

    Tami Martin

    Gary Knoke- when I heard Joe’s version of into the mystic I thought the same, he does everything better☮️

  7. Kevin Briscoe

    The best voice in the business! Amazing Voice!

  8. Jose Pedro Cano Cano


  9. Mary Smith

    could do without the backup singers.

  10. Dutch

    Loved Procol Harum. Like Joe Cocker even more

  11. jannis joplin

    'And so it was the later, as the miller told his tale, that her face at first just ghostly, turned a whiter shade of pale'

  12. jannis joplin

    My god! THIS is music! Soul! Lo a it! #BringBackSoulBackupSinging

  13. Vicky Yabut

    Cool thanks for Sharing this 6 of January 2020
    Who's with me here?

  14. John Eriksson

    What a personality and what an amazing Voice!

  15. Narangoo Badral


  16. Bertha Mirsky

    Really really really miss him so much 🥀

  17. A C

    Tout simplement magistral !
    Que des regrets.

  18. William V

    lose the background singers....he never needed them.

    The Grateful Brad

    Not the tits!!
    That's the Joe-lettes...
    If you want to be a Joe-lette, you have to let Joe!

  19. gillian hammond


  20. Carl T

    Mr. Joe Cocker's version of the song is great!!!

  21. Charlotte Dowling

    That’s beautiful R.I.P JOE NEVER FORGOTTEN 🙏🙏🙏

  22. Lourival pires Silva

    Eu vou usar as palavras de Jesus não adianta da pérola a os porcos caneta azul globo lixo Anita lu de mila que tiro foi esse eu sou mesmo um cavalo kkkkkkk

  23. DanielJones Jones

    When l was a young man ,l worked on trawlers steaming through the heads l would put on bacon in the galley and what he the green horns turn a white shade of pale

  24. Lucio Santoro

    Ascolto anni 80 a Roma che ricordi rip insieme al grande Wilson. Dei Procol Harum alla batteria

  25. Tom Cook

    Joe got run over by a reindeer.

  26. Dimas Vicente


    monterey pop
    rock in rio
    o mundo
    festival ilha wiht
    festival woodstock
    o mundo parou
    viva o rock
    and rool...

  27. Isedi Jung

    Magnífico !!!

  28. Giba do bus

    muito boa marcou muito.

  29. Mike EZ

    Great guy, sadly missed

  30. Giampietro Boldrin


  31. Eric van Havelte

    Rip b.j Wilson a great drummer !

  32. Jorge Fabio

    Vc viaja pra longe com essa música

  33. NothingMaster

    A magnificent cover; would have been even more sublime without those loud and goofy backup singers.

  34. Intrepid Winning

    I was hoping he would do "the missing verse"

  35. GhostHawk57

    Support singers awful.

  36. Rick Patton


  37. chip block

    Do you remember a time when this great performer walked amoung us? I do. I also remember as a 14 year old kid in 1969 hearing this man for the first time on my beloved Woodstock album. He was and always will be revered for his unique voice and performances.

  38. sylvia s

    you were one of the best, ever..

  39. sylvia s

    I still hear your amasing music dear Joe.. we will always miss you!

  40. Marshall Bacon

    Crap version a Friday night pub singer could do better

  41. L John

    Wretched back up singers

  42. Petepan

    I didn't realize how much I missed Joe, what a unique man and a great band with beautiful back up singers.

  43. Goratok Pflaume

    i love it this for all time thx for this music

  44. Mahulad

    Cocker has always been about the music and song not about himself, thats why quiet often his backing singers are out front of his vocals. A very unique artists with unsurpassed vocal talent and feel for the rhythm and beat. Thank the lord I had the pleasure of attending many of his performances and meeting the man in person. RIP Joe.

  45. Goudrelle

    THE great Joe Cocker !! Thank you !

  46. Grady Martin

    he needs to dump the black sisters .. they sucks as back up singers

    Andrew Gibson, III

    The backup singers are doing a great backup job.

  47. Clinton Stahlman

    Back up singers were a distraction. He was a great talent!

  48. Chistian PALKA

    Pour les gens de ma génération toues nations confondues ,c'est une des chansons éternelles qui nous a accompagné toute notre vie

  49. Aloise Mason

    Joe Cocker the Legend..Sensational singer and entertainer of all time..beautiful Vocalist..always right on time with every beat..phenominal

  50. Bertrand Pesant

    beautiful song....procol harum

  51. Alex Nuguid

    I really like this song thanks..

  52. Russell Brain


  53. Johan Z900

    1:31 Ron Jeremy on piano?

  54. Mc Collin Dulay Delos Santos

    I think those ladies have too much

  55. Ricky Dyess

    I love his voice... But he sure made some faces when he sang. RIP BUD

  56. Joseph Meyers

    Would have been better without backup singers the guy was great

  57. Evan Hodge

    That BAND, those Backing LADIES, Man! They give the man wings to fly. Everyone is wide awake here.

  58. Maria Celia

    Alguém ouvindo essa música ê linda demais maravilhosa❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

    Jorge Fabio

    .muito linda

    Cid Leite

    Realmente muito linda, linda demais, época saudosa onde o amor e o respeito era verdadeiro.

    Cid Leite

    Realmente muito linda, linda demais, época saudosa onde o amor e o respeito era verdadeiro.

  59. David Wilder

    Yeah. Unforgettable Joe. ❤

  60. Robin Scarborough

    Could have done without the back vocals

    Jeff Baxter

    Very true. Spoilt it.

    Marian Drăgan

    Yes, that right

  61. Maschio Maschio

    So schön habe mal in Padaborn für ihn mal gearbeitet ca 2004

  62. Александр Василич


  63. hesdy partodimedjo

    Coker !!! 😎 🎶

    hesdy partodimedjo


  64. neilsthepoet

    I’m so glad and grateful Joe decided to love us......

  65. 木下布佐

    I knew only the voice. I was impressed to meet you. It was a husky and powerful voice. He was a gentleman. He is forgiving and honest

  66. Paul McKeown

    No auto tune required superb singer

  67. Anma Lombardia Peñarroya


  68. David Attonaty

    Genial..muy bueno

  69. Paul G

    has to be one of his best performances ever.

  70. Candee Millstead

    I am sorry, but I do not like his version of this song. Too bluesy and slow. No one can come close to Pocol Harum and Gary B.
    I really liked Joe C and many other songs though.

  71. Nelson Cardoso

    Thank you... a lot...

  72. Melissa De Amorim

    Wowwww, che voceeee, ....piena. sentimento. Bellaaaaa ...😙😙😙😙😙💘

  73. Keltus Sol

    B.J. Wilson was best drummer. Procol Harum's drummer. R.I.P. Please pray for Him. God is merciful. He was the best drummer all the world.

  74. Dante Arellano

    With a little help from my friend sing by Joe cocker in Woodstock is my sounds from cotabato Philippines.

  75. 김무갑


  76. Shelley Fitch

    Such a beautiful cover. RIP Joe Cocker.

  77. Lucas Emanoel

    Voz inconfundível 🎧🎶👏👏

  78. Roy Hill

    One of the GREATS! RIP Mr. Cocker 🎵🎶🎙🎤🔊

  79. thekeyboard warrior

    i thought i was the best singer... until I watched this.

  80. reality check

    Why does the entire band look like they are constipated !! Lol
    Freakin weird.

    thekeyboard warrior

    u need to be constipated to sing that good. 😅😊🎶👏

  81. Carrie See

    Oh wow get it joe. R.I.P. babe one of a kind.

  82. Damian Gates

    before you write off your friend, your foe, or your enemy! never, ever, ever underestimate what a bunch of fucked up people are capable of! look at these guys...………… absolute fucking mess...but wow...shits happening..ill tell you..shits happening!

    Damian Gates

    viva la revolution.....talking about it for years!

  83. Waterborne Nineteen

    His style, his mood, fuck the establishment!!! R.I.P. Joe, we love you!

  84. face soaker

    he'd the man

  85. ramjam25

    never liked this song ,like it now

  86. Russell Spade

    2085 still Miss Joe
    Jesus returned a few years after Satan’s fake Alien invasion. Read John 3:16

  87. dean cagle

    really fkin high; thank u brah., weed and shroomz find out .. non toxic non addict, The kids had it tight., 1960 thank u

  88. 黃喚


  89. Larhonda Wheatley

    I love him so much hed was and still is a great singer rip joe

  90. Jeff Baxter

    I can,t believe it! The best lines in the song drowned out by the backup singers an drums.

    Peter Head

    Too right. It would have been so much better without the backing group. Give me Gary Brooker any time - he owns the song.

  91. Val Corado

    Da best my

  92. Aluísio Nogueira Caldeira

    Grandes astros de minha juventude , tempos de músicas lindas!!

  93. Katia Geane

    Putz ouço muito 🎧👏👏👏❤

  94. jad mhanna

    The harmony took the magic of the original. Also the sound of the female. No need for third and fifth chords. And he changes the beat into 6/8.

    U killed the magic. Sounds gospel .
    Gary s so g shouldnt be changed.
    Annie lenox is the best too.

    U made me puke.

  95. Jennifer Rodrigues

    Só acho que as vozes do back vocal ficaram um pouco alto demais....